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Local students advance to state geography bee

California winner will head to national finals in May

Seven students from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District were recently chosen to compete in the California National Geographic State Bee, with a chance to earn a spot in the national finals.

The state bee will occur on April 1 at Fresno State. The SRVUSD students that are competing are:

- Akaash Babu, sixth grade, Diablo Vista Middle School

- Risha Chakraborty, seventh grade, Gale Ranch Middle School

- Nicholas Harvey, sixth grade, Iron Horse Middle School

- Ahilan Eraniyan, fifth grade, Live Oak Elementary School

- Dennis Fang, seventh grade, Los Cerros Middle School

- Benjamin Hart, seventh grade, Stone Valley Middle School

- Venkat Ranjan, sixth grade, Windemere Ranch Middle School

Fourth- through eighth-grade students competed in their local school bee competitions, where a champion was named from each school.

At the local level, SRVUSD bee participants had to answer questions such as, "Sea kayakers can explore hundreds of islands off the Dalmatian coast of which European country south of Slovenia?" (Croatia).

School winners across the U.S. and its territories then had the chance to take an online qualifying test, from which the state bee participants were selected.

The champion from each state will receive a National Geographic book titled, "The National Parks: An Illustrated History," $100, and a medal.

Each state champion will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship from May 22-25 at the National Geographic Society's headquarters.

The national winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a southeast Alaskan expedition.

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